Southwest Airline's tricentennial gift to the city has wings

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Updated: Mar. 7, 2018 at 4:29 PM CST
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KENNER, LA (WVUE) - Southwest Airlines is celebrating the city's tricentennial with a present that will soar.

In beautiful weather, the airlines' Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly, with help from Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Gov. John Bel Edwards, christened a new plane named "Louisiana One" before a festive crowd on the property of Louis Armstrong International Airport.

"It's just a tribute to you for all your support, all your loyal support all these many years," said Kelly.

The governor and mayor appreciated the large gesture that will promote Louisiana on the ground and in the skies.

"You know, Southwest has 750 planes. This the most beautiful of all the 750 planes, and it's named the Louisiana One which happens to be my call sign with State Police, so I'm going to say this is my plane," said Edwards.

"I can't think of a better buildboard for the people of New Orleans and the people of the State of Louisiana, as this plane goes across the country," said Landrieu.

Before the christening ceremony, Trombone Shorty had attendees dancing.  And of course, there was a second line to the aircraft.

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